Prospect Development Camp Notes



Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 @ 4 pm EST


Brendan here….

With a rare break from my regular summer employment that keeps me pre-occupied for the next 30+ straight days, I am here to pass on some recent prospect updates that have crossed my path in the past few days.

NHL Development camps continue…

The OHL’sMost Outstanding Player of the Year and also Goaltender of the Year, Michael Houser of the London Knights, was invited to several development camps after going undrafted twice including the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Houser attended the Florida Panthers development camp last week and immediately found his new home as Dale Tallon and company signed him to a contract. It’s absolutely fantastic to see a dedicated hard working person with Houser’s pedigree rewarded for all of his efforts.

New York Rangers’ 2010 first round selection Dylan McIlrath suffered a dislocated knee cap at the Rangers development camp and had surgery to repair it. He is “out indefinitely” and his professional debut will be delayed as a result.

What’s up Gary Roberts?  Sabres’ prospects Mikhail Grigorenko, Zemgus Girgensons and many Buffalo futures endured a Navy SEAL’s training program at their development camp.

Dobber mentioned yesterday in his ramblings that Scott Glennie received praise from development camp. I have never been a fan of Glennie, selected 8th overall in 2009, but his time to make the jump should be this season – at the very least in a complementary third line role. When he was drafted ,many people felt that he had top six upside but his development has been rather disappointing and he’s probably more suited for a tweener role (2nd or 3rd line). However, as I said above, Glennie must show his stuff now. From the 2009 draft class, only Phillippe Paradis (27th) and Jordan Schroeder (22nd) have played fewer than Glennie’s one NHL game. It was a year that had some very good players drafted behind Glennie including Jared Cowen (9th), Pajaarvi (10th), Ellis (11th), Kassian (13th) and Kulikov (14th). Throw in Leddy, Rundblad, Kreider, Johansson and Palmieri as mid-to-late round picks and Glennie knows he must make the jump before his development becomes stagnant.

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